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It's the thought that counts, and as we enter the holiday season we're tasked with finding the perfect gift for our friends and family. If you're looking for a gift made especially for your loved one, consider a personalized gift.
Founder and CEO of Inspire Me! Home Décor Farah Merhi stopped by TODAY to show us her favorite customizable gifts. Shop TODAY even added our favorite bestselling picks to help you with all of your holiday shopping.
Whether it's a vibrant neon sign or handy tool tote bag, make the giving season extra special this year with a one-of-a-kind gift made just for them.
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- Bestselling gifts from this article
- Best personalized gifts featured on TODAY
- Best personalized gifts for mom
- Best personalized gifts for dad
- Best personalized gifts for kids
- Best personalized gifts for her
- Best personalized gifts for him
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Bestselling gifts from this article:
- Etsy Personalized Family Necklace, $31.50
- Personalization Mall Holiday Ornament, $12.99
- Amazon Fat Brain Toys Personalized Name Puzzle, $26.95
- Amazon Engraved Personalized Pocket Knife, $23.95
Best personalized gifts featured on TODAY
The comedian in your life will appreciate this funny sweater. Add your face or theirs to this elf-inspired sweater and share a laugh with your loved one.
Chargers are essential, so why not make it a cute accessory? These monogrammed chargers can be customized with your friend's name or initials. You can also choose between various colors and patterns to further personalize to your loved one's liking.
Bring a smile to your loved one's face while they work. These custom mousepads can be designed with a photo of your choosing so that they can remember the good times anytime.
Keep your memories close to you with this custom photo stand. Select a phrase to feature on the stand such as "Our Story" and "Travel. Explore. Repeat." and display three or six photos depending on whether you get a one- or two-row option.
Make every hour happy hour with a classic neon sign. Made with an acrylic plaque that can be personalized with your friend or family member's name, this sign also features a beer can–inspired neon tubing design that emits a blue and white glow.
The friend who loves to host will appreciate a personalized sign to greet guests as they walk in. Customize it by choosing what you'd like written on the sign.
Share your favorite memories with your family! This ornament can be decked out with a photo and message of your choosing.
Your loved one can work from almost anywhere with this handy lap desk. Make it extra special by engraving their name and a message.
If distance is keeping you from seeing your family and friends this year, then show your love with a custom necklace. You can add your names, favorite locations or even special dates on up to four circles. No matter where you are, they are sure to think of you when they wear it.
Add a personal touch to your loved one's home by surprising them with a personalized pillow. Choose between three pillow cover colors and fonts including white, beige and tan. You can also include a pillow insert with your order.
Best personalized gifts for mom
Personalization Mall has anything and everything you could ever want to be monogrammed. This bamboo cutting board is useful, practical and trendy — plus, it's on sale!
Your mom who loves to host will love welcoming people into her home with this customizable mat. It comes with a rubber frame that holds the mat in place, too.
Compile family recipes and favorite dishes into a meaningful cookbook they’ll be able to cherish forever. Choose from a variety of Shutterfly’s layouts to showcase food photos and cooking instructions.
This hilarious wrapping paper is perfect for mom. Any gift she gives will come with a not-so-subtle reminder that she's a superhero. It's also made with matte paper, so the quality is a little more durable than the thin, shiny material you might find at the store.
These organic embroidered towels are plush and would look great in any bathroom. Leave as is or monogram them for $12 each!
These genuine marble stone coasters will add an elegant touch to your mom's living room or kitchen table. And don't worry, they have a cork backing so your furniture is safe from scratches and damage.
Send in your favorite photo of your family or friends and get a cute clay version back. This is perfect for turning into an ornament or adding a fun touch to a bookshelf. You can add up to 21 people (or pets!) to your replica. These take around two to three weeks to make, so order yours now to ensure it arrives in time for the holidays.
Editor's note: Our pick won't deliver until January, but we found similar top-rated options below.
'Tis the season for cozy gifts. They’ll definitely feel the love as they snuggle up with their blanket, complete with your own custom message.
Best personalized gifts for dad
Does your dad love to grill? This apron is affordable, fun and perfect for any cookout. It's easy to customize with two lines of text.
This roomy tool tote bag is perfect for the dad who won't stop fixing stuff around the house.
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Have a custom photo art print framed, sealed and delivered to the best dad ever. You can choose from a wide selection of frame moulding, such as whitewashed French farmhouse wood, matte copper, brushed silver and more. The prints come in size 8 by 8 inches to 44 by 44 inches and range in price from $48 to $558 depending on the size and moulding you choose.
Handy dads will also love having this personalized pocket knife in their arsenal. Add their initials and a sweet message on the back.
For the dad who is always looking forward to the next adventure, commemorate your favorites in poster form. Add up to 10 mountains with special locations, like camping trips or vacations you've been on together.
Your dad will love carrying this around in his pocket. The bestselling wallet can be customized with his initials or full name in a variety of colors.
Whiskey connoisseurs are sure to appreciate this unique gift. This miniature barrel will age and add complex flavors to their spirit of choice. Add a custom “distillery name” along with their city and state, so they’ll feel like a true master of the trade.
Best personalized gifts for kids
These adorable custom hair clips would look great on your little girl — and you might even want to get yourself one to match!
Any toddler would have fun playing with this personalized name puzzle, and it would look great in their nursery, too.
These unicorn parade lunch boxes are perfect for the princess in your life. You can add their name in a variety of embroidered fonts.
Little builders will not want to put this personalized toolbox down after they unwrap it. The box comes with a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, bolts, washer and two- and three-hole rectangles.
These step stools put a spin on the practical home item. With three designs to choose from, your little one will be leaping in no time.
Best personalized gifts for her
This leather Madewell tote is both useful and classic. For non-insider members, engraving the bag is $10, but if you decide to join their email subscription list, you can get the service for free! For a limited time, you can get an extra 40% off when you use the code THXINTERNET.
BaubleBar has plenty of options for personalization. This acrylic custom pendant necklace is fun and easy to pair with almost anything in their closet!
This nostalgic throw pillow is great for the woman in your life who loves to feel that home sweet home.
Those with a strong charcuterie game will appreciate having their own custom board. The board swivels out to reveal 4 cheese tools.
This popular brand offers tons of beautiful planner covers, and you can customize most of them with their name or initials, too!
This endlessly customizable mat is perfect for your front door, bathroom or any other area where feet land. It comes with 150 removable tiles that be used to write phrases or create fun designs.
Editor’s note: Our pick is available for preorder with shipping starting in early December, but we found similar top-rated options below.
Your loved one can create their own candle with this easy-to-use DIY kit. Simply choose a scent from options like eucalyptus and evergreen or lavender and cedarwood. All she needs to do is heat up the wax and stick it in their favorite jar or ceramic cup (you can also gift a vessel to go along with the kit).
Masks are the most important accessory this year and your loved one will look extra chic in hers, thanks to this trendy chain that makes sure you don't lose your mask when you need to take it off. It features rose gold beading and white lettering for her name and can be doubled as a chain for glasses and sunglasses.
Best personalized gifts for him
This cup is a great option for the men in your life who enjoy a nice drink after a long day. You have a choice of initials or a full name in a variety of fonts.
Editor’s note: Our pick is on backorder until December 4, but we found similar top-rated options below.
Upgrade their home slippers with this pair. Leave them as is or add their initials for an additional $8.
He'll never be scrambling to find a bottle opener again. This customizable one can be secured to the wall with a magnet.
For the man who loves tech, Apple offers free engraving and gift wrapping for all of their products!
This affordable wooden watch can be engraved with any personal message or quote. He'll think of you whenever he puts it on.
Any pet owner will love seeing their favorite picture of their furry friend turned into art. They'll want to hang the hand-painted portrait proudly on their wall immediately after unwrapping.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- 24 gifts we're hoping to find under the tree this year
- 43 unique gift ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list
- From jewelry to skin care, 36 gifts to give the women in your life
- 30 sweet, savory and indulgent holiday gift baskets to send this year
- 39 helpful tech items that'll make the perfect gift